On Tuesday 19th February 2019 was held in Rome at the Italian Air Force Club, known as “Casa dell’Aviatore” the official launching of the XXIst edition of the “Carta Artistica Universale” The Right to Education and Knowledge for the Progress and Dignity of Woman in all Nations.
The text of the “Art Universal Map” was graciously written this year by Dottoressa Stefania Giannini, UNESCO Assistant Director-General for Education.
In the Grand Ball Room, President Pinuccia Pitti invited many personalities to attend this special event, listening to poetry and music along with interesting speeches and reports by eminent specialists, such as Professor Laura Quadarella Sanfelice di Monteforte, Paolo Meucci, Antonella Cassisi and many others.
The opening of the event was granted to Princess Elettra Marconi Giovanelli, who shared with us some of her memories as a child of her father, Nobel Prize Professor Marquis Guglielmo Marconi. Her great sense of humour, together with her natural and spontaneous tone contributed to the warmest applause of the evening.
Right immediately after the Princess’ speech, came the time of the “Interculturality” moment, when a young student is rewarded for his particular skills, coping with intercultural aspects of life. An interesting introduction was done by Dottoressa Antonella Cassisi, UNESCO in Italy,
and the Prize was given by Colonello Massimo Palombelli, Director of the Italian Air Force Club to Adriano Pirandello, the great greatgrandson of Nobel Prize Luigi Pirandello, whose mother, Glenda Sevald is from Uruguay and Israel.
This year, the Marianna Foundation Prize for “Per non dimenticare” went to Maria Slodowska Curie for her lifetime works and studies. His Excellency Mr. Christian Masset, Ambassador of France in Italy came personnally to receive the Prize and the Polish embassy sent a lady from the cultural services.
The French Ambassador in his thanking remarks declared his emotion to receive this reward in the name of all French and his gratitude to such an emblematic character of Universal history, pointing out the fantastic works achieved by Marianna Foundation and its President Pinuccia Pitti, taking Art as a medium to spread world wide Human Rights ideals.
The next Prize “Una vita per Amore e Giustizia” went to a magistrate from Calabria, Luigi Maffia, State vice-prosecutor in Catanzaro for his remarkable work, fighting mafia and corruption. Dottor Pietro Lucchetti, from the Quirinale Palace, was proud to confer this special distinction to such a heartful and courageous Civil Servant.
Professor Alberto Garcia, Director of the UNESCO Chair in Bioethics and Human Rights at Regina Apostolorum Universiy in Rome, delivered an interesting speech on Women and Bioethics.
The next lecturer was Dottoressa Annaclaudia Giordano who spoke about Women and literature in a very unique review of some contemporary italian novels.
She was followed by Professor Laura Quadarella Sanfelice di Monteforte who gave a very complete overview of fights against terrorism world wide and was unanimously applauded.
Paolo Meucci from the European Parliament made a special intervention, giving us the European point of view on the topics of this year “Art Universal Map”
The “Bouquet Final” of the event was illustrated by the special Prizes confered to four exceptional Ladies, leaders in their field:
Professor Sofia Corradi, the “mother” of Erasmus
Professor Laura Comi, Etoile and Director of the Ballet School of the Opera of Rome
Maestro Beatrice Venezi, the youngest woman to be an international orchestra conductor
Dottoressa Romilda Ferrauto, Vice-Director of the Press Room at the Vatican received her Prize from the hands of Admiral Ferdinando Sanfelice di Monteforte
The artistic part of the evening was fulfiled by young artists, who collaborate with the Ariadimusica Music School, founded and directed by Maestro Gianni Ferrini, among whom the marvellous Himari Sugiura, a young pianist (7 years old) from Japan, who received a special Prize as a young feminine hope for the future.
Ludmila Bova, a friend of the Foundation, plays lovely pieces from movie soundtracks.
Two young musicians from Mexico, Samuel Chavira Florès and Fernando Ramsés Peña Diaz entertained the audience with violin and piano arias from Mexico and “Nessun Dorma” of Puccini.
The poems were read by:
Salvatore Puntillo, who read poems of Pinuccia Pitti and Emanuele F. M. Emanuele
Debora Do Rosario from Brazil, who read “Mulher” of Eliomar Ribeiro de Souza
Filip Maksymiliam Walis from Poland, who read “Niepewnosc” of Adam Mickiewicz
Sisowath Ravivaddhana Monipong from Cambodia, who read “Amitié de femme” of Alphonse de Lamartine
A very emotional moment: the reading of two letters:
Pinuccia Pitti, President of Marianna Foundation read the “biblical letter” of hermit Mirella Muià
Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini who read a letter from Edwige Lurton-Michon, Wine producer from France
The conclusion of the event was made by On. Nicola Galloro.
Among the guests of the Marianna Foundation, Giuseppe Grifeo di Partanna, Francesco Durante (TV2000), Photographer Angelo Campus, Psychanalist Danilo Zarbo-Moncada di Soria, Claudio Caruseli, Gianni Maria Ferrini and his wife, Marina Caviglione, Nino Peluso, Loredano Luciani Ranier, Stefano pignatelli di Cerchiara, Milena von Rex, Fabio Cassani Pironti, Ester de Mijo d’Ajeta, Anna Pavoni, Gloria Cappadonia, Carolina Facioni, Valerio Monda and many others who enjoyed the cocktail and prosecco until late in the evening.
All the photos of the event were taken by talented photopgrapher Laura Cannia, whom I warmly thank for her permission to use her works for this article.
As reported in “L’Opera – International Magazine” of February 2017, the Opera Theatre of Cosenza, known as the “Rendano Theatre” hosted on 29th December 2016 a unique special Gala Evening, following the napolitan concept of “pastiche”, uniting in one show, music, opera and dance for the pleasure of the public.
This initiative was due to our Beloved friend, Mrs. Luigia Pastore Fiorentino, who founded the Polimnia Association to promote opera and music, especially for young people (but not only!). She asked Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini and myself to imagine a kind of dream to be put on stage in a form of an oniric trip from Naples to Paris, crossing Vienna in order to lead the public to welcome the new year to come.
We decided to put together French Literature with Napolitan poems, “La Veuve Joyeuse” with “La Traviata” and many other jolly and colourful pieces of music and dance, so to have a delightful mixture of glamour and naughty songs to accompany our trip towards the end of 2016.
A marvellous cast of fabulous artists of either music and theatre world gave this creation a special sense of artistic expression, which was definitely appreciated. In my name and the one of Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini, we want to extend our warmest thanks to Maria Carmela Conti, Sarah Baratta, Silia Valente, Glenda Sevald Pirandello, the brothers Stefano and Andrea Tanzillo, Federico Veltri, Luca Bruno, Andrea Bauleo, Pasquale Allegretti Gravina, Rino Amato, Antonio Fratto and his “Sol Vox Cantori” choir, the clarinettists of the Conservatorio “S.Giacomantonio” directed by Giorgio Feroleto, the choreographer Antonella Ciappetta and her dancers, and of course, last but not least, the whole staff of the production, Francesco Liuzi, Giovanni Pirandello, Otello Camponeschi and Fabrizio Onali.
A special mention to our favourite: Adriano Pirandello, 11 years old, who made a fantastic first stage appearance, speaking out and loud a sweet poem of his illustrous ancestor, Luigi Pirandello… about love and time…!
Many thanks to Mr. Luigi Allegretti Gravina for the nice photos on stage !
On Friday 17th February 2017 took place the vernissage of a very special exhibition of our friend Fabrizio Onali, with Giuseppe Ussani d’Escobar as Art Curator.
Fabrizio’s inspiration is mainly the tranformation of precious antique materials into splendid ornamental art pieces. Fabrizio collaborated many times with his partner, Otello Camponeschi to opera creations, especially the ones of Maestro Vincenzo Grisostomi Travaglini.
More recently, I had the joy to wear Fabrizio’s creation during a special Show at the Rendano Opera Theatre in Cosenza. He set together a piece of golden silk of Cambodia with a magnificent Renaissance jacket, to make me look like a character of Shakespeare in some strange twilight dreams….
His exhibition in Rome will last until 17th April. Please go to have a look, it is worth seeing!